Trip Start Jul 21, 2007
Trip End Jul 26, 2007

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Tuesday, July 24, 2007

We met in the Dining room for breakfast. It was our first time to eat there in the morning. Then it was off to get ready for George Town, Grand Cayman.
Things started a bit differently because GC is so small there is no dock for the cruise ships. We anchored about a mile off (a fun process to watch) and ferried in to the island on boats holding about 300 people. Since we weren't scheduled for any particular trips, we rose late, ate late and left late which worked great.
Once on the island we splintered and headed out to explore. The atmosphere was very different. There was Minimal hassling for taxis and I didn't run into any panhandlers. The prices were a bit higher, but so was the quality. If you got onto the side streets, you got a more local flavor in the stores.
++Grandma and Grandpa did a bit of shopping, took a 1.5 hour tour of some of the island and then headed back to the boat.

++Renes' headed off for a little shopping and then to 7 Mile Beach

++Dougs' headed off to a bit more shopping and then 7 Mile Beach where they ran into Rene and family  

At the beach the sun was hot, the prices HIGH and the water was GORGEOUS!! You really can't describe how clear and blue and green and gorgeous it is, but to see it is an experience.
We all got back in time to the ship and it pulled anchor and left. We cleaned up and headed for the dining room after a bit of 'sale' shopping in the ship stores. The menu included lobster tail which was a first for a number of us...and since we were on a cruise ship, we ordered a couple of extra lobster entrees to pass around for those who hadn't yet tasted it.
For the second night in a row, the music cranked up and the Wait Staff put on a bit of show. Tonight they paraded to the steps between the two floors and a Head Waiter spent a bit of time telling us about the staff including how many of each, where they were from, etc. They have an 140 cooks to get all the meals together.
As things wound down, our Head Waiter came over with some others and brought mom and dad a little cake with a candle and sang Happy Anniversary as only those from India and the Philippines can. It was a great little party recognizing 50 years of marriage. The Head Waiter than spent some time visiting with us.

++He's from India He's worked on this ship for the last 7 years
++He met his wife on the ship and they are expecting their first child the end of January
++(He looks a bit and acts a bit like Rodney Dangerfield - my opinion only it seems)  

The rest of the evening found usin the theater for the singers/dancers show on rock and roll in the movies the ships version of the Newly Wed Game (except win only one newly wed couple, one couple married less than 25 years, and two couples more than 25 years a late night comedian the Midnight Gala Buffet (they opened for 15 minutes jus for people to take pictures)  
It's our last day at sea and the wind is blowing pretty well. The Caribbean itself is fairly calm, but the boat is moving more today.
We're all kind of on our own today since we weren't going anywhere in particular. Those of us staying up late for the midnight buffet and shows were the last to crawl out.
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